For some time now, people have known the medical uses of marijuana . There are some who believe that marijuana has been used for more than 12,000 years already. In fact, the National Institute of Health (NIH) has already released detailed reports of the possible medical uses of marijuana last February 1997.
Some of the clinical uses for marijuana will include the following:
• Stimulate appetite
o One of the medical uses of marijuana is to increase people’s appetites. Research has shown that people have increased appetite and food intake after smoking marijuana . In a 1970s survey, it is reported that 93% of marijuana users testified that they enjoy food and eating more after they have smoked.
o Another report pertaining to this use is that marijuana has help HIV infected patients to have increased appetites and consequently gain weight.
• Nausea and Vomiting Induced by Chemotherapy
o There were numerous studies performed regarding the antiemetic effects of dronabinol. In 1975, a study was shown regarding the superiority of dronabinol to placebo in chemotherapy-induced nausea. On one of the studies performed on the clinical uses of marijuana , 35% of the subjects were free from vomiting, while a total of 15% arrived free from nausea. Another study involving 74 subjects was conducted. The result was that 34% of the subjects testified to the effectiveness of marijuana , while another 44% said that it is moderately effective. However, a 1997 survey resulted to an oncologist saying that he will recommend the use of marijuana to only one out of every five patients.
o Though mixed results were reported on the testing of marijuana as a good analgesic, the overall result is that marijuana has analgesic properties. On a clinical study made on rats and mice, it has been concluded that marijuana is more potent than morphine in the control of pain.
• Neurological Disorders
o Reports indicate that there has been antispasmatic, antitremor, and antitataxic activity that is involved with the use of marijuana . It is said that these properties may be utilized in Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, seizures, Huntington’s cholera, and spinal cord injuries. Both smoked and oral marijuana is shown to have yielded some benefit in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Diseases.
o There are studies which showed that smoking marijuana has lowered intraocular pressure. It is said that smoked marijuana has lowered intraocular pressure by as much as 27% compared to placebo.